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Business, priorities, and volunteering

Lisa entitled this picture "Another day at the office; negotiating a new course date for Xxx", and entitled the picture "Business as Usual".

It was taken yesterday ... in Cascais, Portugal, where we were on an excursion to see some of the areas around Lisbon ... and it's an area I would very much like to get back to sometime.

Everyone needs a bit of a break occasioanlly, and we're no different - but never the less, there are certain things - family and business (and I'm not putting those in any particular order) which can't be totally stopped. We're fortunate - VERY fortunate - to have an excellent team back at Well House Manor who have been admirably handling things, but sorting out course content is something that still falls on my shoulders and I will - gladly - deal with it from whereever I am.

Over the recent past, I have also been doing a great deal of voluntary / community work in what is laughingly called my "spare time". I've felt that it's useful to give a little beyond my narrow work and personal position, and indeed I've seen elements of encouragement to do so. But - looking around, I see few others doing the same thing - certainly few others who also have other full time jobs, and I have to wonder if I am out of step, or everyone else is. I'm missing an Area Board meeting because it's timed to suit the retired (I'm stil unsure why they can't make it one evening). I'm criticised for being unable to attend a meeting for something I do in a voluntary capacity during the daytime / weekday in Trowbridge (as the person who required my attendance works Monday to Friday, 9 to 5). And I'm slagged off for insufficient information being available on some subjects. But why should I be the one who provides so many of the safetly netx - perhaps I've accepted too many responsibiities, and done the projects that I've been supporting a dis-service. Perhaps I should leave core strategy planning, campuses, rail, car parking and more to the retired and to the paid officials ... with a little voluntary representation, perhaps limited to the occasional meeting?

I'm very conscious that we've been busy, taking bookings, and answering enquiries even these two weeks. I'm also conscious that I'm straight into other committments the day after I get back and have voluntary emails marked "dont worry about this until your return" with festering issues which - sorry - do worry me. Perhaps I would be doing everyone else a serice to step back and let them get on with it, rather than trying too hard.


My example here is, I suspect,a microcosm of what many people feel ... and why voluntary groups and activities are so heavily lead by the retired, perhaps at a time when they're easing down and no longer at the most energetic or effective.
(written 2011-07-14)

 
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  [1960] Christmas Survivors - (2008-12-25)
  [1987] One Cheer for Local Democracy - Asda in Melksham - (2009-01-11)
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  [2289] pre-Inaugural briefing - Melksham Community Area Partnership - (2009-07-15)
  [2508] Community Area Partnership - inaugural AGM - (2009-11-20)
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  [2852] Atworth Village Fete - on the Melksham Community Area Partnership stand - (2010-07-04)
  [2904] Melksham Area Board meeting of last week - (2010-08-04)
  [2982] Travel, Transport and Tourism - A vision for Melksham, 2026 - (2010-10-03)
  [2995] A river in Melksham is not just for boaters. - (2010-10-11)
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